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Stiff flex feels like a ladies flex!
Hi, I have a Japanese TaylorMade XR-05 limited edition driver 9.5 with the stock shaft TM-SE40/S, Stiff flex. Weight is 43 grams, 3.8 torque, mid kick, made by Misubishi Rayon in Japan. I cannot believe how whippy this shaft is. I swear it feels whippier than a ladies flex, but I hit it a mile and straight! When I really try to swing out of my shoes, it does do a dramatic duck hook though. I am a teaching professional and have a swing speed around 95-100 mph. I have a smooth tempo and transition with a late release. How can this shaft hit the ball so straight with my SS? Is anyone familiar with this shaft? (Yes I am sure it is not Senior flex) Thanks.
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I am familiar with both the XR-05 and more so with the Mitsubishi Rayon shaft. I am a fan of Japanese drivers and probably have about 8 of them lying around in my den. Many of them use the Mitsubishi Rayon. My present driver which is a Maruman uses the same shaft. I use a stiff and it really flexes more like a regular. The funny thing though is that you are accurate in your description that they go long and respond very well to a smooth tempo. Duck hooks are indeed the result of trying to whack the bejeezus out of the ball when using these shafts. Even the other japanese drivers I have that don't use mitsubishi Rayons still flex softer than they indicate. I actually have an X flex honma shaft that cpm's closer to firm than to stiff. They work for me though. I certainly don't have the swing speed to warrant an x flex if I were using an aldila shaft for example.

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